Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs Correlation
Reading Horizons and Discover Intensive Phonics: Orton-Gillingham-Based And Aligned
With The NRPR
Compared to other academic disciplines, scientifically-based reading research
is a relative newcomer to the educational research community. Reading Horizons firmly
supports, conducts, and applies scientifically-based principles supported by both
current and historical field research.
The current findings and recommendations reported in the National Reading Panel
Report (NRPR, 2000) clearly confirm and endorse the significance of
offering classroom instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary,
and comprehension. From the Findings and Determinations section of
the of the NRPR: "Systematic phonics instruction has been used widely over a long
period of time with positive results, and a variety of systematic phonics programs
have been proven effective with children of different ages, abilities, and socioeconomic
backgrounds. These facts and findings provide converging evidence that explicit,
systemic phonics instruction is a valuable and essential part of a
successful classroom reading program."
Generations prior to the pronouncements of the NRPR, physician researchers Dr. Samuel
T. Orton and Anna Gillingham concluded that struggling
readers flourished when exposed to the structured patterns of
explicit, systematic phonics instruction. Today, the Reading Horizons
Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself product
sequentially infuses the researched and recommended practices of both the NRPR
2000 and the Orton-Gillingham methods of the 1930s
into its reading programs.
Orton-Gillingham methods are deliberately and
conscientiously integrated into every Discover Intensive Phonics instructional
sequence. Those methods include and encompass a wealth of:
- Multi-sensory applications that engage kinesthetic, auditory, and visual cues.
- Sequential and cumulative acquisition of alphabetic and phonemic principals.
- Practical, language-based applications embedded within a variety of language experiences.
- Analytic and synthetic repetition with familiar bodies of learning that enable learners
to make reasonable linguistic predictions about new language patterns.
"Our reading programs are grounded in Orton-Gillingham principles and practices,"
says HEC Reading Horizons President Tyson J. Smith, "and the proof of our product's
value is confirmed in the almost daily heart-to-heart feedback we receive from our
field professionals and, most importantly, from student users."
Watch this short video
to see how an Orton-Gillingham-based reading programs like Reading Horizons is taught in
a classroom setting.